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Leave A Comment, Written on January 1st, 2012 , Misc

We thoroughly enjoyed the Hotel Raco Del Pi. It was reasonably priced, had an elevator, and a great breakfast buffet every morning. The staff people were very nice, friendly and helpful. The hotel served fresh fruits, juices, scrambled and fried eggs, along with a variety of pastries and breads which were included in the cost of the room. (We found this especially convenient and saved us a lot of expense.) There were also cereals, meats and cheeses. Needless to say, Robyn and I tanked up every morning before heading out. The little restaurants and places to eat around that area did not serve anything special to write home about and were also pricey.  We found the cuisine in Barcelona to be rather bland to our tastes.

The next morning after our arrival, we woke up to rain which lasted through breakfast. However, the sun came out shortly thereafter and we spent the morning roaming around the shops on La Rambla and near the hotel.

Tuesday morning, we headed down La Rambla to Catalunya Plaza for the Guided Highlights Tour that we booked with the Barcelona Guide Bureau. The tour guide was very informative and entertaining. She pointed out sites of interest with background information. Our itinerary included Passeig de Gracia, Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, the Port, Columbus Monument, Mirador de Miramar, Olympic Ring stadiums, and Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). The only problem that I encountered was the myriad of steps at Park Guell since I have been experiencing difficulty, as most of us elderly do, with balance and a bum knee.

That evening, as we were entering the elevator to go out for dinner, we met a couple also getting on who recognized our Texas accent. Angela is a native of Dublin, Ireland and lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Burke for six months of the year and the other six months in Dublin. They also were scheduled to cruise on the Magic to Galveston. We had dinner together and became good friends.

The next day, we toured Montserrat, a monk monastery half-way up a very steep and high mountain. It was hard to imagine monks traveling on donkeys up this mountain to build this beautiful church. The views were breath taking.

Thursday, we decided to get tickets for the Barcelona Tourista bus which you can hop on and hop off. We rode to the Aquarium and it was raining hard and quite windy. The umbrella that Robyn had purchased Monday from a street vendor blew inside out and broke. So much for cheap (but pricey) umbrellas! The aquarium was quite nice, but I have seen some comparable ones in Texas and Tennessee. We rode the upper deck of the bus on our way back since the rain had abated — great way to see everything.

Friday morning, we shared our taxi with Angela and Burke to the ship terminal (yes, the taxi picked us up at the hotel front door this time) to board the Carnival Magic for the next chapter of this great and wonderful adventure.


Leave A Comment, Written on November 29th, 2011 , Misc

After leaving Austin Texas Saturday morning at 7 a.m. on our flight to Spain, we arrived in Barcelona Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m (Spain time) and secured a taxi to take us to our hotel. Unfortunately, after being loaded into the taxi, we found that the driver spoke no English. We were barreling down the road trying to figure out how to tell him where to go — had told him it was off La Rambla. We wrote the address for him (Hotel Raco Del Pi, Calle Pi 7), but he still did not seem to understand. He spoke over the radio with his dispatcher and still there was no beam of understanding. We gave him the phone number to the hotel and he finally got directions from there. Now we were on La Rambla (a few blocks over from the hotel) and this taxi driver stopped on the street and motioned for us to get out. He unloaded our four suitcases right there by the curb and pointed toward the direction of the hotel with an indication that it was a couple of blocks over. This rather unnerved me, being in a foreign country with no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.

Dutifully, we gathered our belongings — jackets, totes, two large suitcases and two smaller ones, thankfully on wheels — and walked in the direction indicated to us. After walking around what may have been in circles for hours, asking four or five different people for directions and being told it was five minutes (everything we discovered in Barcelona is five minutes), I had had all I could take and told Robyn we would just stay at the first hotel we came to. We went into the Hotel Colon that was on the corner of La Rambla and told the manager we needed a room because we were not able to find our hotel where I had reservations. He told us that he could only offer a room for one night, but was concerned that we would still have to pay for the reservation at Hotel Raco Del Pi, so he made a copy of the streets in that area and drew a line to where our hotel was located (yes, just five minutes, and it really was). After lunch there at the Hotel Colon restaurant and refreshed, we continued on with this treasured map in hand and found the Hotel Raco Del Pi right away. We got checked in about 1:30 p.m., went to our room and took a nap. So much for first impressions of a foreign country. Fortunately, that was where our bad experience ended and we found Barcelona to be a delightful place.

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Robyn and I had supper at the sidewalk tables of the Bar Del Pi that evening, just down to the end of the street. Lovely ending to a very trying day.

Leave A Comment, Written on November 19th, 2011 , Cruises

At the time of posting this, my daughter Robyn and I are in the air on the second leg of our journey flying from New York where we change airlines and continue onto Dublin for a change of planes at 5 am to Barcelona Spain.  We will be staying at a hotel just off La Rambla for five days before boarding the Carnival Magic heading to Galveston Texas.

This is the little ol’ boat we will be on for our cruise out of Spain to Galveston. For more info go here:  Carnival Magic

Leave A Comment, Written on October 22nd, 2011 , Cruises

This past weekend, we attended the October Texas Travelers Rally at a private ranch just outside Ingram. Coach ran great, the latest tweeks helped on some of the steep hills between New Braunsfels and there. Once there, the turnout was quite good. There were somewhere around 17 rigs set up. The deer and turkeys were out in force in the field in front of the parking area and clubhouse. Saturday night brought lightning and heavy rains to finally break the months of no appreciable rain to Central Texas.

- Ken H.

1 Comment, Written on October 11th, 2011 , Misc, Safari, Texas Travelers' Rallys, Trips

Saturday we are supposed to be in Hondo, TX at Doug’s — aka DDP or Doug’s Diesel Palace.

Looking to get the boost… well ‘boosted’ (maybe another 3-5 psi), new water pump and two new Battery Tender chargers, tending on the coach. Walking out to it and having to slave the batterys or use the generator to top them off before getting underway is getting old.

It’s been in the low hundreds all week long. We hope it’s a little cooler down there, but we’re not holding our breath.

- Ken

1 Comment, Written on July 28th, 2011 , Safari

Dates – August 12-14th
Place – Columbus R.V.Park, Columbus, Texas – Website
Hosts – Blanchards, Ohms, Armentrouts

Original plans were to return to the coast, but the hosts were unable to locate a suitable park. Joyce & Eldon checked with Sondra at Columbus R.V. and received such a warm welcome that the choice was easy. Also, considering the price of fuel, being a couple of hundred miles closer for some was considered. We have had several rallies there and always found it an enjoyable park.

This notice is intended for your information so you can mark your calendars. The hosts will send out further plans later that will include pool time, local attractions, and limited food preparation. Early arrivals and late departures are OK.

Please make your reservations with the park 979-732-6455 .

There are several motels nearby:
La Quinta 979-733-0522
Country Hearth Inn 979-732-6293

Please give the hosts a call so we can be sure and have enough sites reserved:
Ohms, Blanchards or Armentrouts

4 Comments, Written on June 5th, 2011 , Texas Travelers' Rallys is proudly powered by WordPress and the Theme Adventure by Eric Schwarz
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